QUICKENED SCRIPTURE: ZACHARIAS'
And Zacharias said to the angel,
"How shall I know this? For I am an old man, and my wife
is well advanced in years."
And the angel answered and said
to him, "I am Gabriel, who stands in the presence of
God, and was sent to speak to you and bring you these
glad tidings. But behold, you will be mute and not able
to speak until the day these things take place, because
you did not believe my words which will be fulfilled in
their own time."
REVELATION: I pondered
Gabriel's response to Zacharias and suddenly received a
download of hidden understanding. Zacharias was a
priest and was already well acquainted with the Presence
of the Lord as he ministered in the temple. When
Gabriel came to Zacharias, he was standing in the
tangible Presence of the Lord and Zacharias experienced
this. His faith should have been paramount to not only
receive an angelic visitation but also to receive the
Lord's Presence in that room. He responded to Gabriel's
message in the natural with his natural mind and it
offended the Lord.
Rom 8:5-8 NKJV
For those who live according to
the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh,
but those who live according to the Spirit, the things
of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death, but
to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the
carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject
to the law of God, nor indeed can be. So then, those who
are in the flesh cannot please God.
1 Cor 2:14-15 NKJV
But the natural man does not
receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are
foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they
are spiritually discerned.
PRAYER: Lord we earnestly
want to hear more and see more of You and what You are
doing. We have offended You! Please forgive us for
impeding Your Words through the filter of our natural
minds. In Your mercy, please grant the grace to filter
all You say through the life of Your quickening Spirit.
Grant us Your wisdom and understanding and mature us in
Your heavenly ways. In Jesus Name!